Who are the top five Indian players in the I-League?
The I-League has been the top-flight of Indian football for a long time and has seen some major talents take part in the competition over the years. Players like Bhaichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu have all had successful spells in the I-League. The current Indian players in the league are also phenomenal talents, and here we look at the five best ones.
21-year-old Chesterpoul Lyngdoh has already played for some eminent clubs like Mohun Bagan, Pune City, and Churchill Brothers. The midfielder has not found much game time this season, but has already proved his phenomenal talent for Pune City B when he played for them in the Super Cup. In 2016-17, he scored three goals in the I-League for Churchill Brothers.
Mohun Bagan's Pintu Mahata is a graduate from the Mohun Bagan SAIL academy. His performance in the Calcutta Football League last season helped the Mariners win the tournament after a span of eight years. Mahata has lightning speed and agility, and plays a very important role in counter-attacks for the Mariners. Just 21 years of age, he has a bright future ahead.
Subhash Singh is a veteran of the I-League, having played for clubs like East Bengal, Shillong Lajong, Mumbai, and Pune. The Manipuri winger currently plays for NEROCA, and what makes him unique is his blistering pace as winger, and his high work rate. Moreover, Singh can change positions frequently and shield the ball from defenders, something which makes him a threat to any opposition.
East Bengal's beloved Dika is one of the most creative Indian footballers right now. Great coaches like Trevor Morgan, Armando Collaco and others believe he is one of the best left footers in the Indian football circuit. Besides his creativity in midfield, the Mizoram native also has the quality of going for screamers and scoring goals from 30 yards away.
Shillong Lajong's Samuel Lalmuanpuia can easily be called the best Indian player in the I-League. The 20-year-old has potential to become a footballing legend. He has great vision, passing ability, and also understands positioning far better than what his age would permit. Despite this season not being that fruitful either for Samuel or Shillong, he is still someone to keep an eye out for.